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SAP HANA Live - Real-Time operational reporting

What is SAP HANA Live?

Real-Time operational reporting directly on your Suite on HANA system without any redundancy or latency. Alternatively in a sidecar scenario next to your existing SAP Business Suite deployment.

SAP HANA Live provides SAP-delivered content (similar in concept like SAP BW content), in form of SAP HANA calculation views for real-time operational reporting. The content is represented as a VDM - virtual data model, which is based on the transactional and master data tables of the SAP Business Suite. The SAP HANA Studio is the SAP HANA application where the calculation views for these VDM are developed and maintained.


SAP HANA Live is ideally suited as a Self-Service BI component for SAP Business Suite users requiring operational analytics.

Video: http://www.saphana.com/docs/DOC-2949

SAPInsider presentation:

http://scn.sap.com/community/embedded-analytics/blog/2013/09/02/hana-live-webcast-summary

slides:  http://wcc.on24.com/event/67/02/32/rt/1/documents/slidepdf/sap_hana_live_insider_20130828_final2.pdf

Real-Life Customer story:

http://www.saphana.com/community/blogs/blog/2013/08/28/sap-hana-live-real-world-example

 

How can SAP HANA Live be used together with SAP NetWeaver BW?

SAP HANA Live is complementary to the SAP Enterprise Data Warehouse application SAP NetWeaver BW. Please see the document Integration of  SAP BW and SAP HANA Live for more details:

http://www.saphana.com/docs/DOC-4741

 

Can we try out SAP HANA Live in a test drive?

SAP offers the ERP on HANA trial on amazon cloud, which has SAP HANA Live scenarios:

NEW TRIAL - SAP ERP on SAP HANA | SCN

 

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Does SAP provide RDS material for SAP HANA Live?

Yes, please see the link to the RDS http://service.sap.com/rds-shl (RDS-Analytics-HANA Live) and this SAP note , which also includes a SAP HANA Live QuickGuide:

 

Two deployment scenarios are possible:

  • SAP HANA Live as a SAP HANA side car to SAP Business Suite applications on traditional RDBMS (Pre-requisite is SAP LT Replication Server), for example together with a SAP NetWeaver BW on HANA system
  • SAP HANA Live on the same system as SAP Business Suite powered by SAP HANA, means the
    • SAP ERP HANA Live views on SAP ERP on powered by SAP HANA,
    • SAP CRM HANA Live views on SAP CRM powered by SAP HANA
    • SAP SCM HANA Live views on SAP SCM powered by SAP HANA

 


What are the leading practices for SAP HANA implementations?

SAP HANA Studio offers currently three types of views: attribute views, analytical views and calculation views, with calculation views available in two flavors: graphical  models and  or script-based models.

The SAP HANA graphical calculation views are recommended as the preferred SAP HANA Live view type. In case there are some required features are not yet available in graphical calculation views, then script-based calculation views may be used instead.

In General, SAP HANA  attribute and analytical views are not the preferred SAP HANA views for SAP HANA Live implementations.

 

Can we extend the delivered SAP HANA Live content?

Yes, SAP HANA Live can be adjusted to any Industry, can easily be enriched with non-SAP data and can include customizations.

Of course the Standard SAP best practices for customizations also apply to SAP HANA Live, in order to avoid overwrite during upgrades and patches. During Ramp-up extensions are only possible with support of SAP. Furthermore limitations are described in SAP Notes 1778607 and 1800631.  SAP will deliver extensions to the initial data models from different transactional areas as well as industry applications.

Please see the link for the How-to-Paper, which you an also find attached to this link below:

http://www.saphana.com/docs/DOC-3884

Demo How-To-Extend HANA Live Query Views:

http://www.saphana.com/community/blogs/blog/2013/08/29/create-your-own-query-views-based-on-hana-live

 

Can we modify the delivered SAP HANA Live data models?

Yes, SAP HANA Live can be adjusted to any Industry, can easily be enriched with non-SAP data and can include customizations.

Of course the Standard SAP best practices for customizations also apply to SAP HANA Live, in order to avoid overwrite during upgrades and patches. During Ramp-up extensions are only possible with support of SAP. Furthermore limitations are described in SAP Notes 1778607 and 1800631.  SAP will deliver extensions to the initial data models from different transactional areas as well as industry applications.

Please see the link for the How-to-Paper, which you an also find attached to this link below:

How to Enhance SAP HANA Live | SCN

Demo How-To-Extend HANA Live Query Views:

http://www.saphana.com/community/blogs/blog/2013/08/29/create-your-own-query-views-based-on-hana-live

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  • Query views are designed for direct consumption by an analytical application (for example based on HTML5) or a generic analytical tool (for example SAP BusinessObjects tools). They are always the top view in a hierarchy of views and are not designed for reuse in other views. However, the virtual data model also includes query views in order to support (showcase) applications based on the virtual data model. The name of a query view ends with 'Query' and provides output fields in a format consumable by UIs.
  • Value Help views provide value lists for specific business entities that are used by query views. They are used by frontend tools in order to enable a value help for respective input fields for variables or parameters assigned to these business entities.
  • Reuse views are the heart of the virtual data model. They expose the business data in a well-structured, consistent, comprehensible way covering all relevant business data in SAP Business Suite systems. They are designed for reuse by other views and must not be consumed directly by analytic tools.
  • Private views encapsulate certain SQL transformations on one or several database tables or even other views. They are not classified as reuse views as they might not carry clear business semantics but are rather intended to be reused in other views of the virtual data model. They are comparable to subroutines or (private) methods in programming languages. A private view may be based on database tables, other private views or on reuse views.

 

 

Can we copy the delivered SAP HANA Live data models?

Yes, Standard VDM content can be copied to a customer package in order to have for example a second VDM for a second HANA database schema
Detailed How-to documentation Cross System reporting using HANA Live

 

 

Can we use SAP HANA Live Content for Cross System Reporting?

Yes, please see for more details:

Cross System reporting using HANA Live

How to Realize Cross System Reporting Using SAP... | SCN

 

 

What is the security/authorization model for SAP HANA Live?

Please see this link for an overview on the authorization and security aspects: http://www.saphana.com/docs/DOC-2922

 

What is the minimum ERP release to utilize SAP HANA Live?

SAP recommends ECC 6.0 EHP7 to use the full content. The current minimum release is ECC 6.0 EHP4. for details please see the release notes in http://help.sap.com/hba

 

SAP HANA Live is also the foundation for SAP HANA Smart Business Cockpits:

http://www.saphana.com/docs/DOC-3323

 

How can I see the tables used for SAP HANA Live calculation views?

Please see this YouTube video for an example of a SAP HANA XS demo application which is utilized to get the list physical tables of views.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ah2p5Hdh_kY

SAP HANA Live has a browser to view the models:

How-to-Document: Utilize the View Browser Application Which Accompanies SAP HANA Live:

https://scn.sap.com/docs/DOC-40300

 

How does SAP HANA Live differentiates from SAP Embedded Reports and Operational Data Providers?

SAP Embedded reports became available with SAP ECC 6.0 and EHP 5 and Operational Data Providers with EHP 6. SAP HANA Live became available with SAP Business Suite powered by SAP HANA and is based on SAP HANA calculation views.

 

Which User Interface UI / front-end is required for the SAP HANA Live for Reporting?

SAP HANA Live reports can be accessed by HTML 5, native Excel or SAP BusinessObjects Business Analytics applications.

http://help.sap.com/hba#ERP

http://help.sap.com/saphelp_hba/helpdata/en/df/65d36d2bec49e189f5452da92669ea/frameset.htm

 

Which user interface is used to access the back-end modeling?

The application back-end can be accessed using the standard SAP HANA Studio functionality. In order to access the structures and elements of the virtual data model inside SAP HANA Live without installing SAP HANA Studio, the html-based SAP HANA Live View Browser can be used (also for documentation).

 

Which SAP BusinessObjects analytical solutions are available for SAP HANA Live?

Recommended (but not limited to) for the first version of SAP HANA Live are:

SAP Crystals Reports for Enterprise 4.0.4

SAP BusinessObjects Analysis (Edition for Microsoft Office) 1.0.3

SAP BusinessObjects Explorer

SAP BusinessObjects Dashboards 4.0.4

 

 

Will there be RDS Services available?

Yes, please see Rapid-deployment services in:

http://www.saphana.com/docs/DOC-2956

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